Lesser Known Saints

Hubertus or Hubert (c. 656–727)
Also known as the Apostle of the Ardennes, Hubert is the patron saint of hunters. For ages he was called upon to treat rabies with the use of St. Hubert’s Key. As a youth he was sent to Paris where he became a count of the palace it is at court where he met his wife. After his wife died during childbirth Hubert retreated to the forest, and it is in the forest that Hubert had a grand vision. One Good Friday he was chasing a stag, it turned and Hubert was astounded since he saw a crucifix between the antlers and heard a voice saying: “Hubert, unless thou turnest to the Lord, and leadest an holy life, thou shalt quickly go down into hell”. Hubert fell to the ground and prostrating himself said, “Lord, what wouldst Thou have me do?” The Lord then told him, “Go and seek Lambert, and he will instruct you.” Hubert went and found the Bishop Lambert who became his spiritual teacher, he would later become Bishop of Liege. Many hunting education courses include a part of Hubert vision about holding animals in higher regard and having compassion for them as God’s creatures with a value in their own right.

Malachy  (1094 – 2 November 1148)
Malachy is the first Irish saint who was native born. He is perhaps better known for his Prophesy of Popes. Malachy played a very important role in the what I would call a re-evanglization of Ireland as paganism was on the rise due in part to the Viking who had done so much damage to the church. He was also good friends with Bernard of Clairvaux. The Prophesy of Pope that is attributed to Malachy is widely believed by scholars to be a 16th century hoax.

Pope Zachary (Latin: Zacharias; 679 – 22 March 752)
He reigned as Pope from 10 December 741 to his death in 752 and was the last of the Byzantine Popes. Zachary was a Pope who did a lot to try to Christianize Rome he constructed many churches and it is said that he forbade slave trade as he bought the slaves for sale and set them free.

Vicente Liem de la Paz  (1732 – 7 November 1773)
Born Phạm Hiếu Liêm in Tonkin, modern day northern Vietnam. He was a member of the nobility. His village was one that the Dominicans preached the faith. Shortly after Pham was born he fell ill and was then baptized by Fr. Chien de Santo Tomas, taking the name of Vicente Liem de la Paz. Later on in like Vincente was brought to one of the missionary centers by his parents where he was educated in the faith. After he finished at the university he entered the Dominican order, after this he began to preach to the Tonkinese people this was not greeted with thanks as the Tonkinese authorities had Vicente and his assistants were arrested and beaten, they were eventually put on trial where they were found guilty and beheaded.

Engelbert II of Berg, also known as Engelbert of Cologne, Engelbert I, Archbishop of Cologne or Engelbert I of Berg, Archbishop of Cologne (1185 or 1186 – 7 November 1225)
Engelbert gets included as there is a Saint Engelbert. The only other Engelbert I know of is Engelbert Humperdinck, so it’s not that common of a name, at least today. Engelbert of Berg has an interesting story as he was excommunicated by Innocent III in 1206 for supporting his cousin as Archbishop of Cologne only to be pardoned two year later. In 1212 to clear the air as an act of penance he participated in the Albigensian Crusade against the Cathars in France. Engelbert would eventually be named the Archbishop of Cologne. As archbishop he tried desperately to win back land and settle down the archdiocese. It has long been rumored that he was stabbed 47 times by one of his cousins and this caused Engelbert to die.


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